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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A system of gears and associated elements by which motion is transferred within a machine.
  • noun The act or technique of providing with gears.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Gear; dress; harness.
  • noun In machinery, the parts collectively by which motion communicated to one part of a machine is transmitted to another; specifically, a train of toothed wheels for transmitting motion.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Harness.
  • noun (Mach.) The parts by which motion imparted to one portion of an engine or machine is transmitted to another, considered collectively; ; esp., a train of wheels for transmitting and varying motion in machinery.
  • noun See under Frictional.
  • noun an endless chain transmitting motion from one sprocket wheel to another. See Illust. of Chain wheel.
  • noun gearing in which the teeth or cogs are ranged round either the concave or the convex surface (properly the latter) of a cylindrical wheel; -- for transmitting motion between parallel shafts, etc.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The ratio of a system of gears.
  • verb Present participle of gear.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun wheelwork consisting of a connected set of rotating gears by which force is transmitted or motion or torque is changed

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